Baroque Gemstone Ring Bohemia (?), second half of 17th century
Gold, rubies and a single garnet, enamel
Weight 4.6 gr; circumference 57 mm; US size 8; UK size P ½
The delicately enamelled image of the Virgin and Child on the central stone transforms a pretty ruby cluster ring into an object of devotion. This ring belongs with a small, coherent group of other rings of the same type that are evidently related in form and imagery to the central medallion of the so-called “Ring Monstrance” in the Loreto in Prague.